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  • Traditional cruising experience with modern touches
  • Around-the-world sailings offered
  • Extensive dining options and enrichment programs
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502 Holland America Senior Cruise Reviews

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ayeamcdn
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
586 forum posts
9 helpful votes
I must state my point of view. As a "platnium" NCL Cruiser I've read all the glowing CC reviews of HAL & so had my expectations raised pretty high. We booked a 20 day Panama Canal trip with HAL & then decided that if ... Read more
Nova Scotia cruiser
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
300 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We had not sailed on HAL since 2002. Our last two cruises were with Celebrity so we thought it was time to return to an old favorite. We loved our Signature Suite. Very large and comfortable. Our room stewards were great. The ship is ... Read more
Capt Bob
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Having sailed numerous times (over 200 days) on Holland america I think I can safely say they have dropped from a premier cruise line to a mediocre line. Upon arriving I was told that I was only a 3 star Mariner and I could wait with ... Read more
AKJonesy
Member Since 2015
1 review
31 forum posts
3 helpful votes
I hope this review will help first timers with some information I wish I had known before sailing. So, I will make my review in order starting with boarding. We were notified while in Singapore that our cruise ship port had changed from ... Read more
lin19442
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Had a good cruise but not as good and the old ship built in1937. Nobody showed up for the Cruise Critic on the Monday as planned except another couple and my self. Where was everybody? Cabin was fine and food good. Met some nice people ... Read more

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pwuchief
Member Since 2012
1 review
35 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Ok - new Zealand was great - except for Akaroa where we were not able to tender because of high winds (do not book a tour called the Mail Run - they do not refund). All other ports were great and interesting. Fiji portion - well if you ... Read more
Sstylechild
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Our 9th cruise, and 2nd on Holland America was just O.K. The food was Buffet Restaurant quality at best, ( think Golden Corral, Old Country Buffet). Dining room service was not quite up to par as I've experienced on most other cruise ... Read more
theBrosher
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
3 helpful votes
This was our first cruise, and we booked for 2 weeks to celebrate our honeymoon. We are 26 and 33. When we booked the trip, we didn't realize that Holland America was geared towards a mature crowd (50+). We are not big drinkers or ... Read more
Debbie-in-florida
Member Since 2010
6 reviews
54 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
We had a wonderful time. Our stateroom, 7030, needed a face-lift and we soon heard this was the last cruise before dry-dock to do that. Let me list negatives first: On the dining room menu, the "always available" steak was ... Read more
saguaro_48
Member Since 2010
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Nov. 19-26 HAL Veendam Mexican Riviera (San Diego Departure) by the twin of Oscar the Grouch Let me start by stating the we have cruised 14 times since 2006, and seven have been on HAL; the others scattered on RCCL, Celebrity, and ... Read more

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WSP104
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
We took this 32 day cruise not knowing for sure if it might be too long. As it turned out it was terrific. The ship, The Amsterdam, had been refurbished at the beginning of the year and was neat and clean and simple to learn. It helped ... Read more
Cruizer Bill
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
1,269 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
We spent the evening before at the Hotel Miramare in Civitavecchia and it was very good indeed. Getting to the port required taking our bags to the train station and buying a shuttle bus ticket at the small store in the train station for ... Read more
slabeaume
Member Since 2004
9 reviews
798 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
When we "temporarily" moved to South Florida (as my husband likes to put it), I figured this might be a good time to try and get some good deals on last minute cruises. Don't know how good of a deal we really ended up getting, ... Read more
Mobiscuit
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Headed to the Eastern Caribbean early November. We were late to embark due to flight delays but I think it worked in our favor as there were no lines or wait times to board the ship. We specifically chose HAL as we're a bit contrarian ... Read more
Workinless
Member Since 2014
7 reviews
37 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
Overall a very good value cruise. We booked a "guarantee" balcony and were given 4175 which is a VC second from the stern starboard side. Despite the location the cabin was very quiet with no noise or vibration problem, ... Read more

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mysticsailor
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
45 forum posts
15 helpful votes
This was a Ft. Lauderdale transatlantic including cruising 4 weeks in the Mediterranean with a return transatlantic to Ft. Lauderdale. This was my first cruise longer than 22 days and was facilitated by the many tips from my fellow CC ... Read more
Khyran SK
Member Since 2014
1 review
20 forum posts
0 helpful votes
After some negative comments on previous reviews we were pleasantly surprised at our Oosterdam experience. The ship may now be 'older' but it has been renovated and we found the décor and layout comparable if not better than some ... Read more
SailB
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
3 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was my first solo cruise after losing my husband. We had sailed on NA in 2012 and I welcomed sailing on a familiar ship. I had booked a guarantee obstructed ocean view and was assigned exactly that. The day before I left home my TA ... Read more
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pharmacist1952
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
We got a deal on a Pinnacle suite and were very surprised at how nice it was. Disappointed that the only amenity was free laundry. Free water and free internet would have been nice. The staff was friendly and accommodating. Breakfast ... Read more
labatsman
Member Since 2004
2 reviews
444 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
Embarkation was fast and efficient...It was great to embark and go straight to your room and drop off bags..No waiting.Smaller ship than we are used too but as usual well laid out. I will try to keep this short,ports you can read ... Read more

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mman
Member Since 2011
9 reviews
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
Just returned from 10 day Southern Caribbean on Oosterdam. While it was a good cruise overall there was nothing exceptional about it either. The ship itself is in good shape but it is dated. Most areas are clean and maintained very well. ... Read more
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lovin6D
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
1 forum post
7 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
We usually sail on the smaller ships of Celebrity so this New England/Canada cruise on the HAL Maasdam cannot help but be a comparison. We took a late flight from Los Angeles to Boston. A HAL rep met us at the airport. Quite a wait until ... Read more
sattva
Member Since 2007
1 review
15 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
We're around 70, have lived abroad, and use cruises primarily to visit interesting ports and meet interesting people. We have no interest in the shows on board and avoid the casino and pools. We chose the HAL cruise from Venice to ... Read more
Deck Cargo
Member Since 2014
11 reviews
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
32 days on the Zaandam from San Diego to Buenos Aires Overall the cruise was very enjoyable, even taking into account that 4 of the ports were cancelled, 1 due to unrepaired earthquake damage to the port and 3 because of adverse ... Read more
OlsSalt
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
1,781 forum post
5 helpful votes
In virtually all aspects this was the typically great Holland America product: excellent food, great staff, really really excellent entertainment crew, very good enrichment offerings and Cainoa, the legendary locations guide for this part ... Read more

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